Pakistan

An Action Against Hunger field worker screens a young girl in Pakistan for malnutrition.
Photo: E. Diaz for Action Against Hunger, Pakistan
Population
185.1 million
Human Development Index
147 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
478 employees
Program Start
2005

People Helped in 2016: 395,539

176,378
People Received Nutritional Support 
43,508
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
175,473
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 

Pakistan has South Asia’s second largest economy. However, entrenched poverty, social inequality, and limited access to basic social services—along with persistent conflict and natural disasters—have limited its development.

In 2005, a powerful earthquake hit northern Pakistan, killing more than 80,000 people and leaving 3.5 million without shelter. A powerful cyclone and floods in 2007 damaged homes and assets. In 2010, heavy monsoon rains triggered an unprecedented “megadisaster,” flooding more than one fifth of Pakistan’s land and destroying the crops, homes, and livelihoods of 20 million people.

In 2015, vulnerable populations were again hit hard by economic hardship and crises. Violence in Pakistan’s north-west region displaced 1.6 million new or previously displaced people. Monsoon floods affected approximately 1.6 million people in more than 4,000 villages in Sindh. And in October 2015, an earthquake in Badakshan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa destroyed communities and disrupted livelihoods.

While Pakistan has made dramatic progress in reducing polio and other health threats, national surveys estimate that rates of child stunting from undernutrition have not improved in 30 years. At present, 45 percent of children in Pakistan are stunted, and 16 percent of children under the age of 5 suffer from acute undernutrition.

Action Against Hunger began working in Pakistan in 2005. We currently have programs in Islamabad, Dadu, Badin, Peshawar, Bannu, and Kohat.

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Visit with a village in Pakistan to see how that community took on malnutrition with a project combining nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene in a interactive site. (Use of the map requires Adobe Flash.)

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